Up For The Match

Up For The Match

On this Friday, 3rd October, St. Columba’s GFC will hold an ‘’Up For The Match’’show in Keoghs. This is really a get together of players and supporters in preparation for the county final. However, Mullinalaghta’s very own ‘’Des Cahill’’ Dan McElligott will take charge of proceedings. We don’t know if Dan will have ‘’Gráinne’’ alongside him. With Dan head of the helm and Liam Reilly providing the music, a night of fun and craic is guaranteed. As this is the last get together for club and supporters we ask all to make a special effort to attend. As a late night would not suit the players Dan will be on the stage at at 9.30pm so the show can conclude at a reasonable hour. All are welcome to attend.

Shield Final

Congratulations to Northern Gaels on bringing another trophy to the area. On Saturday last in an entertaining and close encounter they overcame St. Patrick’s Óg of 0-16 to 2-9. We compliment the players and their mentors on a job well done.

Text Alert Test

At this stage all households should have been contacted for renewal of the Mullinalaghta Text Alert Scheme. A Test Text Alert message will be issued to everyone on this Saturday October 4th at approximately 12 noon. Please watch out for the text and check with neighbours, family, etc that everyone received the text and all are included on the test list. It would also be very much appreciated if everyone could check how promptly they received the text or if there was any delay in receiving it. If you do not receive the Text Test or if you do not receive the Test Text promptly please contact your Townland Rep or Bernie Rogers as soon as possible. Once again Thank you to everyone for their support and co-operation with the Text Alert Scheme.

St. Columba’s Fundraiser

St. Columba’s G..F.C have reached their first Senior Championship Final in 62 years. As a community we are very proud of the team’s achievement. The club are trying to raise some funds to help with the preparation of the team for the County Final. We are a small community and as in the past we are depending on the community’s support and generosity. Club members will call to households in the next week or so with a letter outlining the fundraising options. Your support would be gratefully appreciated. If you are not in a position to support the fundraiser, that will be quite acceptable.

Bullying At School

Are you or anyone close to you experiencing bullying at school, in the workplace or any other environment. If so please come to our NABC (National Anti Bullying Coalition) self-help Open evening in the The Family Centre, Longford (behind the Cathedral) on Thursday 2nd October at 8.00p.m. Further information from Mary Lillis on 087-9625890 or visit


It was with regret that the people of Leitrim, Clooneen and surrounding area received the news of the death of Roseanne Hanlon, Cloncoose, Longford. Roseanne and her late husband Frank (formerly from Clooneen) resided in Leitrim before moving to Cloncoose near Longford town in the the early sixties. The locals there remembered them as friendly and obliging neighbours. Predeceased by her husband Frank Roseanne is survived by her family Kathleen, Peter, Rosemary, Margaret, Tony, Marion, Frank, Bernie, Vera,William and Fintan, daughters -in law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, niece and nephews to whom our sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.

Clothes Collection

On Wednesday, 8th October a clothing collection in aid of St. Patrick’s Parish Kenya will be held at St. Columba’s Car Park. The education of the children in St. Patrick’s Parish, Kenya depends on the friends of Fr. Nicholas Maanza to help them meet the running costs of their schools. The object of this project is to ensure that all children in the parish can look forward to our support and kindness. This clothing collection is very important in helping to raise much needed funds for the education of children in St. Patricks Parish. By supporting this clothing collection you are ensuring that the good work going on will continue for many years to come. The collection should be filled with the following items only. All types of clean and dry ladies, gents and children’s clothing. All household textiles, bed linen, curtains and towels. All kinds of clean and dry underwear – ladies, gents and children’s. Shoes- ladies, gents and childrens ( Tied together in separate bags please. Collection will take place between 9am and Midday.

Good Luck

Presently the parish is a sea of maroon and white with flags and bunting virtually everywhere. This is of course due to St. Columba’s participation in Peter Hanley Senior Football Championship Final on this Sunday 5th October. On behalf of all we extend best wishes to players and management. We look forward to seeing the Connolly Cup going by Emmet Park through Ballinalee on it’s way to Mullinalaghta on Sunday evening.

Gun Club

Mullahoran-Mullinalaghta Gun Club will hold their annual draw in the Hideaway Bar on Saturday, 1st November. First prize is a plasma widescreen TV. €200 will go to the second person pulled out of the hat. €100 goes to the third winner. There are numerous other spot prizes. Tickets are €5 each amd are available from club members and in local shops. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Charity evening

The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s are holding a charity evening with The Merchant Archers at Creegans, Bunlahy on this Saturday, 4th October 2014. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are available from any committee member or on the door. Please support and have a great night.

Holy Hour

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8pm - 9pm. All are welcome.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw Wednesday in the Angler’s Rest Wednesday, 24th September. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 12, 22 with the jackpot of €6,100 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Eileen Campbell, Muckerstaff. Robert Langan, Mullinroe. John Denning, Derrycasson. Bernie McElligott, Toome and Anthony O’Reilly, Creevy. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: Patrick Matthews Keogh’s/Anglers’s Rest. Frankie Mulligan & Finbar Meehan. Kilcogy: Jim McCabe & Thomas McNerney. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities, the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 27th September was 19 with Marie Matthews, Toome coming up trumps.

Country Boy comes to Town

‘Country Boy’ a play by John Murphy and performed by Athlone Little Theatre takes place in Backstage Theatre, Longford on Friday 3rd October at 8.30p.m. The proceeds of this performance is to raise much needed funds for the Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Assisted Pilgrims Fund. Each year it organises to take sixty assisted pilgrims to Lourdes for six days. These Assisted pilgrims stay at the hospital and are looked after by voluntary helpers and a number of youth workers selected from a number of the schools in the diocese. Booking at Bookstage 043 3347888.


On this Saturday, 4th October, Mass will be celebrated in Mullinalaghta Church for present and deceased members of St. Columba’s GFC at 8pm.